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Faced with the multiplication of cases in Italy, Nice shortens its carnival

Sonia Rykiel, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Karl Lagerfeld were the stars of this edition dedicated to the king of fashion. – F. Binacchi / ANP / 20 Minutes

  • Faced with cases of coronavirus in Italy, the mayor of Nice has decided to cancel the last festivities of his carnival.
  • Two meetings were still scheduled for Saturday.
  • The Menton Lemon Festival and Mipim, a Cannes congress, are being maintained for the moment.

End of the fashion shows for the king of fashion, the icon chosen this year. The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi (LR) announced this Wednesday afternoon that the rest of the festivities
Carnival 2020, scheduled until Saturday evening, was canceled.

A precautionary decision given the multiplication in Italy of cases of the new coronavirus Covid-19. Two meetings, which would have again brought together tens of thousands of people in the center of the French Riviera capital, were still scheduled for Saturday afternoon and evening.

Earlier today, the flower battle scheduled for 2:30 p.m. had already been canceled, officially “because of Météo-France forecasts which [annonçaient] in the city of Nice strong gusts of wind ”. Bookings for the Nice Carnival were up over 20% this year.

Menton has also decided to put an end to the 87th edition of the Lemon Festival, scheduled until March 3. A corso was notably planned for Friday evening.

A decision from the municipality

Health comes before economic reasons. The Italian authorities tell us that the virus is spreading over Liguria and Piedmont and we do not want to take risks when we are one day away from the end of the carnival, ”said Christian Estrosi. According to tradition, the king will still be cremated on Sunday evening.

The choice to shorten the Nice Carnival comes from the municipality, she said. Monday, the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes announced the establishment of a health system to deal with possible cases, without special measures to strengthen border controls or cancel events.

On Tuesday, an infectious disease specialist from the CHU de Nice was questioned about the advisability of canceling the demonstrations bringing together the public on the Côte d’Azur. “From the moment you have a respiratory virus and you put this individual [infecté] in a place where there are a lot of people, it plays a huge role in the spread of these infectious diseases “, judged Dr. Eric Cua, calling all the same to” keep reason “, because the Covid-19” n ‘is not a virus that will decimate the population’.

Lemon Festival and Mipim confirmed “for the moment”

Requested by 20 minutes this Wednesday afternoon, the organizers of Mipim, a world congress bringing together tens of thousands of real estate professionals next week in Cannes, confirmed “for the moment”, the good performance of this meeting.

The Palais des Festivals in Cannes, which is to host many other major events in the coming weeks, has announced that it will “equip itself with temperature detection systems”. The congress center is also studying “the establishment of health control points at its main entrances”.



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